#97 - Covers of "Dancing On My Own" by Robyn
At this point it is (or should be) a pretty well-known fact that I am completely obsessed with Robyn. The Swedish popstar rose to prominence in the mid-90s with "Show Me Love" (yes, it's the same Robyn), only to have a meteoric comeback in the late 2000s with new synth-heavy club hits like "Call Your Girlfriend", "Hang With Me" and, of course, "Dancing On My Own" -- forever imortalized by Lena Dunham and Allison Williams in a Season 1 episode of HBO's Girls.
I've made my friends listen to me belt out "Hang With Me" almost as many times as I've made them watch that YouTube clip of Taran Killam re-creating the "Call Your Girlfriend" video in the SNL writers' room. But my favorite way to enjoy Robyn is with covers of her ultimate hit, "Dancing On My Own". I first took a shine to the mellow, ethereal version by Fleet Foxes, but tonight changed all that. My friend Shannon and I went to see the electropop band Cherub at the Jefferson Theater here in Charlottesville, and a croony synthpop duo called Carousel opened up for them (after a rather unfortunate rapper named ProbCause. Sheesh.) In the middle of Carousel's set they let the crowd know they were going to play a cover, and then they asked if anyone in the house was a Robyn fan. Naturally, I lost it. Enjoy: